The grounds of Old Fonthill Abbey will be open to the public on Sunday 5th and 19th May, from 10.00 am – 5.00 pm. Visitors will be able to follow a variety of walks through the grounds and around Bitham Lake. Donations at the gate will be gratefully received and shared between Parkinson’s UK and local charities.
John Rutter (1796 – 1851) is possibly best known as the author and publisher of Delineations of Fonthill and its Abbey which gives a detailed account of the Abbey and its estate following Beckford’s decision to sell.
Rutter was a man of many talents and achievements which are revealed in John Stuttard’s The Turbulent Quaker of Shaftersbury, which has just been published by Hobnob Press on behalf of the Shaftesbury & District Historical Society.
More details are available in this PDF flier.
The Autumn 2018 Beckford Society newsletter has been posted to members and is now available on the web site via the Newsletters tab on the Publications page.
The first four volumes (1995-1998) of The Beckford Journal are now available online as digital PDF files. Please note these are large files, ~40Mb each. Vol 1: 1995, Vol 2: 1996, Vol 3: 1997, Vol 4: 1998. If you find these volumes interesting, please join the society to receive The Beckford Journal each year! In the future, we will providing society members with access to digital back copies of all 23 journal volumes.
The Beckford Society is pleased to announce a new society publication, News From the Tower, which reprints The Beckford Tower Trust Newsletter 1980-1994, published to provide information about the activities of the Beckford Tower Trust and articles relating to William Beckford. More information and an order form are available.
Hobnob Press has recently brought out a new edition of Beckford’s Biographical Memoirs of Extraordinary Painters with an introduction, annotations, illustrations and bibliography by Robert J. Gemmett. Click here to see a leaflet with more details of the new edition.
The Spring 2018 Beckford Society newsletter has been posted to members and is now available on the web site via the Newsletters tab on the Publications page.
The grounds of Old Fonthill Abbey will be open to the public on Sundays 6th and 20th May.
Visitors will be able to follow marked paths around the woodland and Bitham Lake.
The openings are in aid of Parkinsons UK and local charities.
Further information is available in this poster.